15 June 1744: His Majesty’s Consul at Aleppo, Alexander Drummond, visited Cyprus twice. He was an intrepid traveller but not much impressed with the island in general
"At my return to Larneca I concerted with Mr Boddington, who was quite recovered, another tour through the province of Carpass, which we very soon put in execution. On the 15th of June we directed our course towards the river Piroi, the ancient Giallias, not Athalas, as I formerly called it, upon wrong information, on the banks of which was the famous Idalian grove ; for the old chart gives the name of Pedius to this river, leaving the real Pedius to find a name for itself; thus Idalium cannot have been where Nicosia now is, but somewhere down this river eastward, near the grove ; and by comparing what you find in my former letter with the map I now send, you will perceive what difference there will always be between information and an actual survey. As Mr Boddington had never been to the northward, we took my former route through the mountains, of which I have nothing further to say."
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